The magic of christmas blocks 8 & 9

How about another block or two?

I know some of you have had some questions…please read previous post but here is the skinny…

Starch- a must…saturate completely wet…let air dry…iron and cut. I use faultless heavy starch in the can…its very reasonable…I do not use my Best Press..I’d go broke buying starch then.

Steam…you bet..I always press my blocks with lots of steam…

Washing…I do not…I starch on a white towel…if my red is going to run, I’ll see it when I starch

What size is this going to be?  I know this bother some of you that I do not know this…but…its 25- 6″ blocks it will not be a king size…it is going to be a wall or couch throw..a decoration probably not a snuggle quilt.

How do I get perfect points, this is a big question, but a good one..

I try hard…every step is important…first STARCH, see above..then CUTTING is very important…see Creative Grid Itty bitty rulers by PG.  Every line is  dashed..you can always see your fabric…its not hiding under a solid inch line on the ruler. Test your SEAM ALLOWANCE and make sure it is spot on…I do not use a 1/4″ foot…fabrics differ, thread matters…test to make sure your project is coming out to the right size when starting…I stitch up again a tape bumper that gets moved occasional depending on if I’m stitching flannel, or whatever..I also test regularly….PINNING…yes a must…so do I pin every seam? no…but most the necessary ones…when you use starch the fabrics are stiffer and butt/match up a lot better…so I guess I really pin a lot less than I used to before I starched so heavily….STEAM..I press my blocks into submission, I open bulky seams..not every seam, but usually long seams when piecing the last seams together…JUKI…I stitch on a sewing machine where the feed dogs are nice and close together…so my tiny pieces are being nicely fed through the machine..see my JUKI post…search for it in the search button on the right….then FINALLY…they are not all perfect…I don’t really care if one seam is slightly off a smidge or if my point got dulled a little in the seam allowance…most of the time the layering and quilting will make that magically disappear…it takes a lot of enjoyment out of what we are doing if they all have to be exactly perfect…I wouldn’t get much done if I ripped our everything that was not exact.  I believe what make a good quilter into a great quilter is the art of compensation!!!   so…other than stitching everyday or as much as you can…this my advice!

 

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I love seeing your blocks on Instagram and FB!!! Keep posting!

It’s all about Market right now!!!! More later…This should keep you busy for a day or two!!! LB

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lisabongean

I live in Menasha, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 30 and Jake 29 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

39 thoughts on “The magic of christmas blocks 8 & 9

  1. THANKS SO MUCH LISA FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS-This is so fun and the blocks are challenging in a very good way. THANKS for the tips & all you do! Will you be at Houston Festival also? Good luck at Market your booth is always done so beautifully!!

  2. LOVE THIS QUILT!!! Thanks for all your extra work just so we can have inexpensive fun and end up with a great quilt. We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy your talent and your down to earth personality. Love that you share all your tips and hints so freely. Many thanks again.

  3. You know you have to do something 10,000 times before you are good at it!! Thanks for all YOU do, Lisa!

  4. Thought my comment didn’t go through so I did it again! (Guess I haven’t done it 10,000 times yet!) lol

  5. Absolutely fabulous educational information. As you know I am not a machine piecer, but I am now. I wanted to do this quilt project so much that I was determined to become a great piecer. Tiny pieces have been a challenge but that’s where I’ve learned the most. Thank you for the challenge Lisa.

    Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks. Hugs

  6. Lisa! Thank you for another 2 amazing blocks. Currently my plan is to have 5 rows x 4 columns (20 squares) with sashing. A skinny border, then a wider border with a block at each corner (4 squares) then my binding. My last square will become a mug rug or pillow. There is so much flexibility with these lovely blocks! I look forward to hearing/seeing what others plan.

  7. I lost my post!! I was telling how I do the squares. As soon as I can after they come, I get them cut out. Then I lay them out on a lid or a board in the rows of the way they are sewn. This way I can look at them and do as much chain stitching as possible. It’s amazing how much faster that makes them go together. I do all the stuff Lisa said about steaming good and pressing a few seams open. I was blessed to have won the Juki machine in last December’s drawing. Oh my gosh!! It is a fabulous machine-it really does sort of grip the fabric- I didn’t know it was because of the feed dogs being close, makes perfect sense. It has the greatest bar you push down to do a backstitch. It never distorts or moves from where you are. I simply push it down with my right hand and let it up all the while still sewing. It is really fast if you want it to be. If you happen to push your foot down too quickly – it just stitches along faster with no distorting of the fabric. Then you get brave and just sew faster . I still have my wonderful Bernina that I use for taking up pant legs etc- so I can zig zag the seams. I am a two machine sewing room!! Love my Juki-use it the most. Thank you Primitive Gatherings! I had decided to order one anyway, it was a really good deal. Hope we get to do the 12 days of Christmas again this year. I love these star blocks. I put each page I print out- I am doing Country blocks-in a plastic sleeve and when the block is complete I slip it in the back side of the sleeve and put it in a 3 ring binder. Wow –so organized!! Thanks Lisa!!

  8. I knew there was a reason I put off starting this! Thank You, Lisa, this information was helpful. Especially to me, as I am a self taught quilter. So any bits of info are like “gold” to me!

  9. Lisa as always I learn something from you each time I read information you post or listen to you explain something. And I’m still laughing about steaming your blocks into submission! Thanks for Magic of Christmas! Hugs Liz P.S. Judy is the best!!!!!

  10. I found that if I made my seam allowance a tiny bit smaller my blocks came out to 6 1/2″ perfectly. I just moved my needle to the right a couple of numbers on my Janome. I also make sure my bunny ears are cut off and most of the time I check all the sections of a block and I sometimes have to trim them just a teeny tiny bit. I LOVE this project and I look forward to each new block!!

  11. I am working on the City version and I pre-washed my red, I wasn’t taking any chances, plus it made me pre starch it all since I knew this was Lisa’s method. This is the first Sew Along I have ever managed to keep up with, quite proud of that. I made myself some design boards using Happy Zombie’s tutorial, I made them 16″ x 16″ so I can easily layout the block and take it from my cutting table to my machine, the pieces stay in place very nicely. Also, using a scant 1/4 inch is helping me, I just need to work on a consistent size scant!

    I enjoyed reading about the Juki in a previous post here, I am considering buying one, love the honest testamonial.

  12. Lisa ~ You’re the awesomenest of awesomedom. Love, love, love this BOM and thank you so much for sharing your talents with the quilt world so freely. Lori McCleary

  13. I love your tidbits of wisdom! They’ve made ma pay more attention to my sewing and pressing. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lisa, I’m really loving your quilt blocks and can’t wait for the next one to arrive. The tiny piecing has been a challenge, but a good one. I may be one of your furthest flung quilters – greetings from Wellington, New Zealand!

  15. I am having fun making these cute little blocks but I need help! My flying geese blocks are coming out a bit to large and I’m not sure I’m putting the triangles together correct. And, without knowing what size the geese are suppose to be I am hesitant to trim them. When you set the triangles together should I place the small triangle midway on the larger triangle? I have been putting them together so the small triangle is even with the bottom of the large background triangle. Help please!

  16. Hi Lisa, and greetings from Melbourne Australia. My friend Elyte and I are doing your quilt blocks and loving every one of them. We’re both using fabrics from our stash, I’m hand piecing mind and Elyte is machine piecing and its amazing how different out blocks look.
    Thank you for putting such a great project out into Blog land for everybody to enjoy.

  17. Thanks for your tips, they are great reminders and help me make corrections that make a difference. I love that your squares are not ‘perfect’, it makes me think i can do this. 🙂

    1. Kathy…all looks fine to me…I started making my blocks from these directions instead of making them first and then doing the directions…so anyone else having a problem with block 8?

      1. I have made Block #8 as well, and it turned out great! Better than I ever thought I could do. Yahoo!

      2. Bolck 8 came out fine! I made a mistake. It was block 9 that had the problem.. This morning I figured it out . The size of D needs to be about 1 5/8 square to come out right.

    2. Lisa- I recut all my pieces and the block came out fine – I don’t know what I did the first time – senior moment maybe! I’m loving these blocks – I’m making mine scrappy with all different red and white fabrics.

  18. Thank you, thank you for the wonderful patterns. But even more, thank you for the graphically beautiful patterns. I just like to look at the color printout. So pretty.

  19. Hi from Missouri…I was getting your blog every week, but now, I have to search your site for it….please sign me up so I get them as soon as posted…love the Magic of Christmas quilt and am planning to do both versions…love, Sharon

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